Makar Sankranti – A Day of New Beginnings

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‘Makar Sankranti’ – the day of flying kites – is a grand celebration that falls on the 14th of January every year. This day marks the transition of the Sun from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn. The sun’s transition is known as ‘Sankranti’ in Sanskrit, from which the festival derives its name. Also, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are known as ‘Dakshinayana’ and ‘Uttarayana’ respectively, which is why the festival is also known as ‘Uttarayan’. This day is solely dedicated to the Sun God in Vedic Puranas as he is regarded as the deity of divinity and wisdom.

Different parts of India celebrate this day differently.

·        Gujarat and other parts of western India participate in the kite flying celebrations.

·       The people of Maharashtra exchange til-laddus and tilguls made of sesame seeds and sugar/jiggery with the thought of forgetting past ill-feelings and conflicts, and instilling sweetness in future relationships.

·        For Andhra Pradesh, this is a four-day festival celebrated as Bhogi, Sankranti, Kanuma and Mukkanuma – each signifying the time to discard the old and welcome the new in life.

·       The people of Uttar Pradesh consider this day as the most auspicious to take a dip in the holy waters of River Ganga.

·        Tamil Nadu celebrates this day as ‘Pongal’ where people worship the Sun God and other deities, and offer special food prepared from rice and pulses cooked together in ghee and milk.

·        Keralites dedicate this day to Lord Ayyappa and worship him at the Sabarimala Temple with complete devotion and enthusiasm.

So, what does this kite flying celebration teach us? Just like the kite flies higher and higher with the wind with no boundaries and no obstacles, it teaches us how to live with new hopes, new dreams and new desires that help us rise high. Just like kite flying, other traditions like exchanging tilguls, dipping in the River Ganga, and the four-day festival of Andhra Pradesh also teach us to let go of the negativity and ill-feelings of the past and welcome new beginnings in life. Also, this day is celebrated as a major harvest festival across India and Nepal. The festival is considered auspicious and sacred as it marks the beginning of the harvest season, thus bringing happiness of yielding crops. Learning from all of these celebrations, you must also make some new beginnings from this day. It may be buying a new home, entering a new home, buying a new vehicle, starting a business, or anything else. So, begin from this auspicious day to have the blessings of the Sun God in your venture. And, whenever you need the assistance of professional Pujaris and Pandits for any kinds of rites and rituals to be performed for your new beginnings, you can approach MakeMyPuja to provide you with knowledgeable, respected and experienced Pandits.

Here are some other interesting facts about Makar Sankranti that you may not have known about before.

·        The day and night on Makar Sankranti are equally long, and the days grow longer after Uttarayana.

·       Kite flying is done during the mornings to soak up the benefits of the sun and wade off any infections or illness caused by the long winter solstice.

·       This day marks the beginning of the ‘Kumbh Mela’ in any of its four allotted states and ‘Sabrimala’ in South India.

·        It is believed that on this day, Lord Surya forgets his anger and visits his son ShaniDev, with whom he doesn’t get along well otherwise.

So, this is the day of both worship and celebrations. It brings new hope, new enthusiasm and new desires for a New Year ahead.

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